When we become born again into the Kingdom of God, one of the most amazing benefits we receive is knowing, by experience, the Lord. We begin to feel His peace, through His spirit. For the first time in our lives there can be a sense of wholeness, love, and perhaps most of all forgiveness. There is another benefit that we receive and it is one that we don’t necessarily “feel” because, the natural man cannot discern the things of the spirit. I’m talking about the concept of the Lord being a shield about us. We are told in the Guide Book to theSupernatural i.e. the Bible that:
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].
We are also informed that the weapons that we use in this battle against these dark powers are supernatural. Most of us know how we are to dress ourselves with the armor of God, as we are instructed to in the same chapter of Ephesians. The helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the sword of the spirit, the breastplate of Righteousness, our feet clad with the good news – that Jesus came in the flesh and died for our sins and by the shedding of his blood, we are forgiven, and by believing on Him who was sent we have eternal life. The one I haven’t mentioned is the shield of FAITH. Faith in what or whom? Faith in that Jesus is able to keep us from falling, to protect us and to lead us home. This faith is built on an ongoing experience that He has protected us before, and so when we are up against the powers of hell, we can be sure that his unmerited favor is toward us, because He first loved us. It is He who shields us from the power of the enemy. It is his power that shields us, literally. He becomes a shield that is all around us. That doesn’t mean that we will never feel the presence of the enemy, or that we will sail through life, but it does mean that when we call upon His name He is faithful and true and He will be there for us. Another dynamic to think about is the times in our lives when He shields us from events or the wiles of the enemy that never reach us. In other words because He protected us, shielded us with his love and power, we never felt the fiery darts of the enemy. It’s like it never happened! It is imperative for us to literally walk with this attitude in our minds on a daily basis. We are in the last of the last days and the enemy is ramping up for the final assault on God and His people. Just today there was a 7.4 earthquake in Sumatra. As we are warned by Jesus himself, there will be earthquakes in DIVERSE places. We are now getting one of these earthquakes on a weekly basis. Through all of this, the trials, toils, and cares of this life it is both comforting, and set’s our minds and hearts at peace, knowing that He is our shield and is the one who lifts up our heads!
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L. A. Marzulli
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